Decisions are best made at the local level, where people have a greater ability to influence their elected representatives, and where those making decisions are closer to the impact of their actions.
Unfortunately, the Trudeau government has been centralizing power to an immense extent, and nowhere is that more obvious than in their imposition of carbon taxes.
For example, Saskatchewan has introduced a new environmental policy that shifts somewhat towards carbon pricing. The plan is focused on big emitters, with one economist pointing out “They’re not touching their transportation, home heating, commercial and industrial energy use at all with this policy.”
Leaving most of the economy out of the pricing scheme is a good move, as carbon taxes raise the cost of necessities for middle class and working class Canadian families – costs the wealthy elites have no trouble paying.
And yet, the Trudeau government continues to impose their centralizing will upon Saskatchewan, with Minister For The Weather Catherine McKenna saying “Based on what’s in today’s plan, Saskatchewan’s price likely wouldn’t hit our standard, because it applies only to heavy industry instead of being economy-wide.”
Basically, the plan doesn’t take enough money out of people’s pockets to satisfy McKenna and the Trudeau government, so they’ll just impose their own plan instead.
This is totally anti-democratic, as it gives the people of Saskatchewan no choice on the issue.
The entire point of having separate provinces is for people within the same country to have more local governments that reflect some regional differences.
If voters in Ontario want to raise the cost of energy with massive carbon taxes, they are free to vote for that.
By the same token, if voters in Saskatchewan want to have no carbon tax and keep costs low, they should be able to vote for that too.
Respecting provinces – and local municipalities – helps bring a large (in area) country like Canada together by reducing regional animosities.
Trudeau’s centralizing approach only deepens divisions and weakens national unity, because he is imposing his policies upon provinces that don’t want it, and is overriding the will of voters.
The federal government is completely overstepping it’s role, which should be focused on a few basic things such as national defence, foreign policy, and national infrastructure projects. Aside from that, provinces should have much more independence to make their own decisions and follow the will of their voters.
So long as Trudeau remains in power and keeps centralizing decision making in the Ottawa bureaucracy, regional divisions in Canada will continue to grow.
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